Reflexology During Pregnancy - by admin@mcb on March 07 2017

Reflexology During Pregnancy

Reflexology During Pregnancy

Reflexology zones can have a far-reaching impact on the body. Reflexology during pregnancy is generally believed to be safe and effective. There is no evidence that reflexology can stimulate premature labor, and in fact is shown to be of benefit to pregnant woman.

Reflexology normalizes the functions of body parts and helps the body to regulate itself into health. Reflexology cannot, does not, and will not make the body do anything unnatural. Research has shown that women who receive regular reflexology during pregnancy experience many benefits. They are more likely to deliver closer to their due date, have shorter labors, and require less pain relief compared to women who did not receive regular reflexology during pregnancy.

When to Use Caution with Reflexology During Pregnancy

However, it is best to err on the side of caution. Reflexology during pregnancy should be considered contraindicated if there is a history of premature labor. Other precautions include severe hypertension, placenta previa or any other prenatal complication.

Jeanette Barsalini, a Certified Reflexologist, in a blog post on reflexology during pregnancy states:
There is a misconception that reflexology can increase the risk of a miscarriage during the early stages of pregnancy although the Association of Reflexologists says: “There is no evidence to even suggest that this may be the case. However, as miscarriages are more common in the first term of pregnancy, some reflexologists are not prepared to take the risk that the client may blame them should a miscarriage occur.” A miscarriage is generally a sign that there has been a problem with the baby’s development or the mother’s health and cannot be caused by a reflexology treatment.

Reflexology Continuing Education Courses

To learn more about reflexology and pregnancy massage, the Institute of Somatic Therapy offers several massage therapy continuing education courses.
Reflexology for Feet and Hands
Research – Reflexology
Prenatal Massage Certification

Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education approved provider, #280672-00.

Reflexology Benefits Are Numerous - by admin@mcb on January 03 2017

Reflexology Benefits Are Numerous

Reflexology Benefits are Medically Proven

More and more scientific research is showing how reflexology benefits the recipient. It has a positive impact on the brain, circulatory system, and pain and stress levels. By using medical equipment such as MRI, EEG, and ultrasound radar to take a real-time measurements, researchers have found positive changes in brain waves, blood pressure, and pulse during reflexology treatments.

Studies found that even after just one reflexology session, participants experienced reduced perception of pain. In fact, there are nearly 30 studies in a variety of settings that document pain reduction through reflexology. These settings included childbirth, menstrual pain, cancer, surgical, etc.

A megastudy that looked at 169 reflexology studies conducted in 21 countries worldwide showed that reflexology has an effectiveness rate of roughly 80% on 78 different conditions. More importantly, it was achieved with no harmful side effects. (Try getting that result with pharmacology!)

Reflexology Benefits Blood Flow

One of the reasons why reflexology seems to have so many positive results is the impact it has on blood flow. As massage therapists know, when blood flow improves, there is improved oxygen and nutrient delivery to the cells. There is also improved toxin removal from the cells.

With the use of MRIs, researchers were able to prove that when reflexology was applied to specific reflex points on the feet, blood flow to the parts of the brain that linked to those body parts increased.

For example, when the reflex points for the colon were worked, the part of the brain that links to the colon had improved blood flow. Ultrasound equipment also was able to prove that when reflexology was applied to specific reflex points on the feet, the actual body part linked to that reflex zone had improved blood flow. So not only does reflexology benefit the body part being targeted, it also benefits the part of the brain that links to that body part.

For a detailed list of reflexology research studies, visit this link.

Reflexology Continuing Education Courses

The Institute of Somatic Therapy offers two reflexology related courses. We offer an 18 CE course in foot and hand reflexology, and a 3 CE course in research on reflexology. Both courses are valid for NCBTMB CE requirements, as well as for most states. The research course satisfies the NCBTMB 3 CE research requirement.

We also have a 24 CE discount package designed for NCBTMB re-certification that includes the reflexology course, the research reflexology course, and 3 CEs of ethics. Please visit to see all of our massage therapy continuing education courses.

Reflexology for PMS - by admin@mcb on March 08 2016

Reflexology for PMS

Reflexology for PMS

Massage and reflexology for PMS have proven to be effective treatments. Dysmenorrhea (painful menstrual periods) and PMS (pre-menstrual syndrome) are common complaints among women of childbearing age. For women who prefer natural methods of pain relief, massage and reflexology can be an excellent choice.

Research on Reflexology for PMS

Obstetrics and Gynecology, Volume 82, Number 6, December 1993 published a medical research study on reflexology for PMS. Two groups of women received weekly half-hour treatments for eight weeks. The control group received reflexology for points corresponding to the head and upper body. The study group received reflexology for points corresponding to the reproductive system and hormonal glands. Prior to the study, both groups were statistically similar in their symptoms. After the study period, the women receiving PMS targeted reflexology experienced a 46% reduction in symptoms. This was more than double the control group, which only had a 17% reduction in symptoms.

The above study also referenced a study published by the New Zealand Medical Journal in 1989. That study concluded that massage therapy was the “single most effective self-help treatment reported by women for relief of premenstrual symptoms.” Massage had a higher success rating for relieving PSM symptoms than did physician prescribed medications.

Learn to Perform Reflexology

Reflexology is a non-invasive technique with almost no contraindications. As such, it is a wonderful modality for many conditions, including dysmenorrheal and PMS. Have you considered making reflexology a part of your massage therapy practice? If so, enroll in Institute of Somatic Therapy’s continuing education course titled Reflexology for Feet and Hands. This online course is worth 18 continuing education credits (18 CEs). Institute of Somatic Therapy is approved by the NCBTMB as a continuing education Approved Provider, #280672-00. Institute of Somatic Therapy CE courses are also valid for Florida, Georgia, AMTA, ABMP, and most states.

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